shrimp

noun
\ ˈshrimp , especially Southern ˈsrimp \
plural shrimp or shrimps

Definition of shrimp 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous mostly small and marine decapod crustaceans (suborders Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata) having a slender elongated body, a compressed abdomen, and a long spiny rostrum and including some (especially family Penaeidae) that are commercially important as food also : a small crustacean (such as an amphipod or a branchiopod) resembling the true shrimp

2 usually disparaging : a very small or puny person or thing

shrimp

verb
shrimped; shrimping; shrimps

Definition of shrimp (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fish for or catch shrimp

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Other words from shrimp

Noun

shrimplike \ˈshrimp-ˌlīk, ˈsrimp- \ adjective
shrimpy \ˈshrim-pē, ˈsrim- \ adjective

Examples of shrimp in a Sentence

Noun

He's a little shrimp of a boy. the boy was just a shrimp until his teens, when he had a growth spurt

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Vegetarians will eat well here, with multiple options such as the ginataang ($12) and a shrimp-pasteless laing. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "Likha brings Michelin pedigrees to Filipino bar food," 5 July 2018 This crab and shrimp salad is lightly dressed with mayo and dill. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 The small plates menu includes yukhoe (beef tartare), shrimp and kimchi mandu and spicy tteokbokki. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "Pop-up dinners coming to Rye in Fells Point next week," 13 July 2018 Add garlic to shrimp and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds; add to serving bowl. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Generous custom salads themed with ingredients for categories like Asian, southwest and Caesar can be adorned with protein options like chicken or shrimp. Philip Potempa, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Tribes Alehouse in Tinley Park," 11 July 2018 The restaurant's brunch menu features both of their renditions of shrimp and grits. Jess Nocera, Laurel Leader, "Order’s up at three new restaurants in Laurel," 5 July 2018 Drain shrimp and spread on a rimmed baking sheet to cool. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad With Chilled Shrimp, Mint & Green Goddess," 3 July 2018 Stir in cooked shrimp and diced avocado for a seafood cocktail. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The store's fishmongers can assist with anything from recipe suggestions to shrimp de-veining. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Here's a sneak peek inside Whole Foods, uptown Charlotte's new grocery store," 11 June 2018 By the early eighties, drug dealers were transporting pot and cocaine on shrimping boats from South America to the islands east of Savannah, and officers on the drug task force were taking a cut. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 All the shellfish comes by the pound, so shrimp ends up giving you more edible fish than king crab legs ($35), for instance, because the latter’s shells are heavy. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Where everybody has to put down the phone to eat," 27 Apr. 2018 Saturday's blessing of water vessels - a maritime tradition to mark the start of shrimping season - should be finished before the inclement weather makes it to the island, Barthelemy said. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Grand Isle Blessing of the Fleet Fest still on for Saturday," 13 Apr. 2018 Menu options range from their popular burgers to shrimp tacos and a pork and beans dish recommended for sharing. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit women's convention: 14 restaurants you can walk to from Cobo," 25 Oct. 2017 These include Ann Sather cinnamon rolls, deep-dish pizza, and shrimp de jonghe. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "The Chicago Food Encyclopedia is an historical treat," 13 Sep. 2017 Recipe: Shrimp With Creamed Corn and Feta Follow NYT Food on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Want to Make Creamed Corn Into a Meal? Add Shrimp," 18 Aug. 2017

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History and Etymology for shrimp

Noun

Middle English shrimpe; akin to Middle Low German schrempen to contract, wrinkle, Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up

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shrimp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shrimp

: a small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food

: a very small or unimportant person

shrimp

noun
\ ˈshrimp \

Kids Definition of shrimp

1 : a small shellfish of the sea that is related to the crabs and lobsters and is often used for food

2 : a very small or unimportant person or thing

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